Washington cut Adrian Peterson earlier this week, and it did not take long for the future Hall of Fame running back to find a new home. He is signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, according to reporter Tom Pelissero. The deal is worth $1,050,000 plus incentives, per Adam Schefter.
Peterson joins a backfield that already includes veteran Kerryon Johnson and rookie D’Andre Swift. Ty Johnson and Bo Scarbrough are also in the backfield and saw some time when Johnson went down with an injury last season.
Last season, Johnson appeared in 8 games, rushing for 403 yards (3.6 ypc) and 3 touchdowns and catching 10 passes for 127 yards and 1 touchdown. The 2018 second round pick had appeared in 10 games as a rookie and rushed for 641 yards at 5.4 yards per carry.
Detroit spent a second round pick on D’Andre Swift this past year, drafting him third in the round. At Georgia last season, Swift rushed for 1,218 yards and seven touchdowns and caught 24 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown. In his sophomore season he rushed for 1,049 yards and ten touchdowns and caught 32 passes for 297 yards.
Our friends at Pride of Detroit see Peterson filling the power-back role over Scarbrough. Swift is currently going No. 67 overall and as RB28 in ADP. Johnson is going 90 and RB32 in ADP. Given the timing of this signing after the first cut down to 53, Peterson seems certain to be on the roster, but his role is still not entirely clear.
Peterson re-joins offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who was Minnesota’s OC from 2006 to 2010. It’s possible Peterson doesn’t have much of an impact given where he’s at in his career, but it’s something to keep in mind as you look at Swift and Johnson in your final fantasy drafts before the season starts.